The Australian life expectancy gender gap is narrowing

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The life expectancy gender gap between Australian men and women is narrowing.

Australian men born today have an estimated life expectancy of 80.5 years, compared with 84.6 years for females, according to the latest figures released from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Male life expectancy has increased by 0.1 years over the 2014-2016 to 2015-2017 period, and 1.5 years over the past decade, and is now the highest on record, as the chart below shows.

ABS, Commsec

“Australian males can now expect to live 10.8 years longer than the world average of 69.7 years, according to the United Nations 2015-2020 estimates,” ABS Demography Director Anthony Grubb said.

“Female life expectancy in 2017 remained the same as the previous year (84.6 years) and compares to the global average of 74.3 years.

“Australians have a higher life expectancy than our counterparts in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the USA.”

Each state fared differently too, with the highest male life expectancy recorded in Victoria. The highest female life expectancy was recorded in the ACT.

Of all Australian states and territories, Victoria recorded the highest male life expectancy at 81.3 years, followed by the ACT at 81.1 years, New South Wales, Western Australia and South Australia all recorded 80.3 years, Queensland was 80 years, and Tasmania recorded 78.7 years.

The ACT recorded the highest female life expectancy at 85.2 years, followed by Victoria at 85 years, Western Australia at 84.9 years, New South Wales at 84.6 years, South Australia at 84.5 years, Queensland at 84.4 years and Tasmania at 82.9 years.

The NT had the lowest life expectancy for both males and females — 75.9 years and 79.4 years, respectively.

Over the last 10 years, male life expectancy gained the most in the NT by 3.5 years, and female life expectancy gained the most in Victoria and the ACT by 1.2 years.

In the past 50 years to 2017, male life expectancy in Australia increased by 12.9 years, and female life expectancy by 10.4 years.

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